Velasco, Texas. Papers, 1836-1936 | East Texas Research Center
By Pam Palmer, 1980
Extent: 21.0 Items
Subjects: Brazos River Channel and Dock Company -- Records and correspondence, Business records -- Texas -- Velasco, Hotels -- Texas -- Velasco, Menus -- Texas -- Velasco, Treaties, Velasco (Tex.) -- History -- Sources, Velasco Hotel (Velasco, Tex.) -- Records and correspondence, Velasco Improvement Company -- Records and correspondence, Wine lists -- Texas -- Velasco
Velasco, in southern Brazoria County, is one of the oldest towns in Texas. In 1821, the first of Stephen F. Austin's colonists landed at Old Velasco and over 25,000 settlers entered through that port between 1821 and 1835. It was the scene of the Battle of Velasco during Texas' war with Mexico, and was temporarily the capital of the Republic of Texas. The Treaty of Velasco was signed there on May 14, 1836.
The town grew, and became known as a summer resort area for a time, but it declined after the Civil War, and was destroyed by a hurricane in 1875. The new town of Velasco was built in 1891, four miles upriver from the original site. It too, began to grow until another storm in 1900 wrecked the town. It rebuilt slowly, enduring fluctuations of poverty and prosperity.
Brazos River Channel and Dock Company -- Records and correspondence
Business records -- Texas -- Velasco
Hotels -- Texas -- Velasco
Menus -- Texas -- Velasco
Velasco (Tex.) -- History -- Sources
Velasco Hotel (Velasco, Tex.) -- Records and correspondence
Velasco Improvement Company -- Records and correspondence
Wine lists -- Texas -- Velasco
Browse by Box:
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Articles of Armistice, original and translation of treaty signed at Velasco between Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and David G. Burnet, President; Bailey Hardeman, Sec. of Treasury; James Collinsworth, Sec. of State; and Peter William Grayson, Attorney General, May 14,1836
- Folder 2: Brazos River Channel and Dock Co, April 1,1889
- George A. McNutt, Kansas City, MO, to G. W. Angle, Velasco. A.L.S. April 4, 1890. First Mortgage of the Brazos River Channel and Dock Co. to the American Loan and Trust Co. Pamphlet
- Folder 3: Correspondence to Velasco Improvement Co, April 30, 1893, May 12, 1894
- Mrs. T. N. Dunphy, Nevada, MO, to Sir. A.L.S. April 30, 1893. [Pencil notes about land on verve] D. C. Willett, Uniontown, KY, to Velasco Improvement Co. A.L.S. May 12, 1894
- Folder 4: The Velasco Hotel. 14 items Menus and Wine Lists. 11 items. Wine Card of John Ruisselar [?], Dec. 11, 1892 [?]. Bookkeeping Account for Aug. 8, 1894. Notice to Guests [Hotel Regulations].
- Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings